The Endorsement: Ice Cold In Alex

It’s one of the greatest films about a bar, even though the bar itself only appears briefly at the end. The soul of the story, however, is a man’s journey to reach this place, across the desert towards Alexandria where he can sit down and have a cold beer – the titular ice cold in…

The perfect burger?

We’re constantly searching for the best, and leading the field so far is the wagyu and Angus version at Dubai’s Margaux Restaurant. So we asked its creator, Jason Oakley, to tell us how to make our own better burger. The Bun “This is always the subject of emotional controversy! I like to brush the bun…

Are bananas facing extinction?

Bananas as you know them are indeed under great threat, but the bananas you eat today are merely the latest strain of the fruit and the notion that it would become totally extinct is fanciful. But there is a reason why the rumour started. In 2003 The New Scientist claimed bananas could be extinct in…

Gastrophysics

How a former cosmologist and Microsoft boss is changing cooking. It’s been described as the cookbook to end all cookbooks. El Buli’s Ferran Adria said, “it will change the way we understand the kitchen,” while Tim Zagat said it was, “the most important book in the culinary arts since Escoffier…” The man behind Modernist Cuisine:…

Marco Pierre White: What I’ve Learned

Cooking is a philosophy, not a recipe. There’s no science to it… unless it’s pastry, then it’s chemistry. The key to a great steak is buying great meat but you have to get the heat right into it. There’s nothing worse than ordering a rare steak and it being served cold. I really don’t understand…

Cereal Offenders

Why it’s the most misleading meal of the day It’s a confusing world. We’re told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many of the breakfast cereals are hugely unhealthy, despite claims to the contrary. Once upon a time, cereal boxes proudly gave you a novelty gift – now they surreptitiously…

Zheng He

There’s something about going for brunch in Dubai that has become intrinsically linked with an afternoon on the French fizzy pop that segues into a wild night on the town. It shouldn’t really be like that, at least not always, so could the new Friday brunch at Zheng He’s be the classy alternative? The setting…

The Fish & Chips Room

The key to happiness, I was once told, is simple pleasures. Take joy in the little things that make you happy and relish those moments. For the British, a fish and chips supper has been one of those things since the Victorian age. It’s a dish that’s might not be the most consumed in the…

Benjarong

There’s something about Thai food that’s a real crowd pleaser – everyone likes it. I bet you can’t think of a single person who doesn’t: those who veer away from the spiciness of Indian food will still gamely devour a green curry, and even the fussiest of eaters won’t go foraging through a pad Thai…

The Belgian Beer Cafe

If Europe was a playground then the Belgium would be that strange skinny child who dresses a bit weird, hangs around with France and doesn’t really harm anyone. There’s nothing to really dislike about Belgium and despite their strange fixation with dipping their chips in mayonnaise, they’re not really a place you think of when…